Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honored with the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards. The Miss World 1994, received the award on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC along with her daughter, Aaradhya and her mother Vrinda Rai.
The 44-year-old actress documented different facets from the ceremony on her Instagram account, from pictures of her collecting the award with Aaradhya, to sharing some loved-up BTS moments. For the special day Aishwarya opted for a dreamy embellished black outfit and she looked absolutely stunning, Aaradhya on the other hand looked cute as a button in a pink gown.
WIFT India said that Aishwarya was chosen to receive the award for showcasing a ‘distinction in her craft and for expanding the role of women within the entertainment industry.’
Apart from Aishwarya, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar also received the Wyler Award for Excellence in Direction, and “Dhadak” star Janhvi Kapoor will receive the WIFT Emerald Award. “The Wyler Award is so surreal for me as I grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), got a video player in the eighties and one of the first films I ever saw on it was Ben-Hur,” Akhtar said.
Aishwarya thanked her fans in a post and wrote: “A heartfelt thank you to all my well-wishers from India and all around the world, for being my Inspiration and strength. God bless and all my love too.” WIFT has been established to honor the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood.